Wake County,
North Carolina

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Wake County was formed June 4, 1771 from parts of Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange County.
Named for Margaret Wake, wife of colonial Governor William Tryon

The first courthouse was built at a village originally called Wake Courthouse, now known as Bloomsbury.

The county seat is Raleigh, is also the state capital.

Present day Wake County was once part of the Tuscarora nation.

Durham (part)
Raleigh (county seat)

Cary (part) * Apex * Fuquay-Varina * Garner * Holly Springs * Knightdale
Morrisville (part) * Rolesville * Wake Forest (part) * Wendell * Zebulon 

Unincorporated Communities
 Auburn * Bonsal * Carpenter * Chestnut Hills * Clegg * Eagle Rock * Falls * Feltonville
Forestville * Green Level * Kennebec * Lizard Lick * McCullers Crossroads * Neuse * New Hill
Riley Hill * Shotwell * Stony Hill * Swift Creek * Willow Spring


Wake County Data
Bibles Biographies Birth Records Cemeteries
Census Records Church / Religion County Records Death Records
Families County History Land Records Marriage Records
Military Records Miscellaneous Data Newspaper Data Obituaries
Photographs School Records Slaves / Slavery Wills / Probate Records

County Updates
April 2015: obits: Hon James Johnson, Benjamin Ragsdale - submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney, Elizabeth Ragsdale - submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney
Mar 2015:
obit for Hon Daniel G Fowle - submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney
Feb 2015:  slave narrative for Frank Magwood; bio for STEWART; County History 1920
Nov 2014
:  obit for RAVENSCROFT, 1790 Census, bio for BRYAN
Oct 2014: Bios:  Daniel, William Henry Jr., Daniel, William Henry Sr.; Obits: Smith, George Francis
June 2014: Bios: Cannon



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